How to Specify the Application to Use in Opening File References?

How to Specify the Application to Use in Opening File References?The reference feature enables you to add external file and URL references to model elements. When you try to open a reference, Visual Paradigm will open it with system default application (or browser for URL reference). If you want to use another application or command to open certain kinds of file and URL references, read this article to learn how to make it work.

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How to Easily Group Shapes Together?

How to Easily Group Shapes Together?The group feature helps you bring multiple shapes together so that you can select, move and delete them together easily.

Grouping and ungrouping of shapes can be performed easily with the help of the resource-centric interface. In this article you will learn how to group and ungroup shapes with resource.

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How to Display a Parameter in Class without Showing its Name?

How to Display a Parameter in Class without Showing its Name?Programming languages like C or C++ accepts nameless arguments in function declaration. You may write something like void myFunction(double){…} to declare a function that accepts a double as argument. In modeling level, you can represent this kind of function by not showing the parameter name in an operation. This article shows you how to do this.

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Display Model Element’s Description with Note

tomcat-thumbDetails of model elements can be documented in written form via the Description Pane or inside the Specification dialog. In order to avoid putting too much information on the diagram by default descriptions are not showing on the diagram. Instead of unfolding the description manually on diagram by writing textual annotation, you can make use of the Note element to display the description its connecting model element.

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Using “Favorite” Folder in File Chooser

tomcat-thumbTo increase the efficiency of modeling, you may have a specific folder in your machine to store relevant materials, such as documentations and projects, so that you can easily pick up what you need. In consideration of this, our file/directory choosers allows you to add those folders favorite. Once you add a folder as favorite, you can revisit the folder by clicking on the favorite link whenever you want to pick up the materials inside.

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How to enter shape name in multiple lines?

tomcat-thumbSometimes, you may want to give a shape a long name. If the name is so long that it reaches the shape border, it will automatically wrapped. If you dislike the auto wrapping behavior, you can add line breaks to appropriate position yourself. In this article you will learn how to add a line break when editing a shape’s name inline.

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How to switch the default paste behavior to Paste as Model?

Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V are possibly the hotkeys you use most in Visual Paradigm. You press Ctrl-C to copy shapes, and press Ctrl-V to paste the copied shapes to the active diagram. There are two ways of pasting – Paste as View and Paste as Model. While the default paste behavior triggered by Ctrl-V is to Paste as View, you can optionally change to Paste as Model. We will show you how it works in this article.

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How to Print Matrix Diagram

The Matrix Diagram in Visual Paradigm provides a macro view to show the relationships between model elements. This is not limited to model elements having the physical relationship connectors, but also for some more abstract relationships, such as containment, model transitions and even references. Read more

How do I Know Which Shape in a Diagram Has Description Entered

For every model element, there is a description property that allows you to describe detailed information about individual element, so that readers can understand the intended use, intended behavior and other important information. For example, specific implementation guideline can be written in a UML class or class diagram, and precautions can be written in a BPMN task in a business process diagram.

Sometimes, we may not have the information we need to enter in the description at the time the model element is being created. We may leave it first and enter it later on. But then the problem comes: After several days or weeks, how do I remember which shapes in a diagram has description missing? To check shape-by-shape is time-consuming…

In this article, we will show you how to indicate in diagram shapes that has description entered. This allows you to concentrate on shapes that have no description entered. Besides, it allows readers to check and read the description of shapes only when description has been entered which makes the diagram more legible.

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How to Paste Text to Description Editor without Rich Text Format

When you copy and paste formatted text into a description editor in Visual Paradigm, it automatically brings along the formatting properties. This sounds reasonable and is quite a nice behavior if you really want to keep the style of text contents. However, there are several reasons why you might not want to keep the formatting. First, when you copy from web page, it may bring along crappy HTML contents, say the hidden table borders and layers. In fact, when CSS is widely used in most of the modern websites, what you copy from a webpage is not necessarily what you can get when pasting without the existence of the CSS. Second, you may not want to mix up the style of text in your description with the source. Third, although the crappy formatting properties may look invisible in the description editor, they may affect the content in generated documentations. After all, to clear those formatting tags is time consuming and error prone.

Account for the reasons above, it would be nice to have certain ways to paste text without including formatting properties, which means, to paste as plain text. In Visual Paradigm, the “Paste without formatting” function is provided to serve this purpose.

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